I’ve never really been mush of a blush girl and have mostly relied on bronzer to add warmth to my face or else just left my cheeks bare and just left my face alone with a layer of foundation and let my eyes or my lips do the talking with winged eyeliner or a statement red lip. But with spring coming up, I’ve felt more like switching from the blacks and the reds that normally dominate my makeup palette and into warmer tones to give my face a good flush. After hearing many good things about it and also wanting to try something new (when I have forayed into the blush arena it’s always been with a simple pink powder), I picked up a pot of Maybelline’s ‘Dream Bouncy Blush.’
The concept behind this blush is that they’re a hybrid blush that has a powder-gel formula with a really unique bouncy texture. When they say ‘bouncy’ they mean it. When you place your finger onto the blush it’s like touching some really weird — but fun — silly putty. According to Maybelline, it’s meant to deliver “a sheer wash of bouncy-fresh colour that lasts.”
I picked mine up in ’060 Coffee Cake’ because I thought that a subtle bronzey colour that I’m used to with my usual powder bronzer would be a great way for me to experiment with a look that I’m already comfortable with, but in a different product setting. After trying out this cream blush, I think I’ll definitely be picking up some other colours that are more traditional blushy and spring-oriented like corals or pinks (I’m fairly certain I’ll be picking up ‘Peach Satin’ and ‘Pink Frosting’ soon!).
I already unfortunately figured out the hard way that these blushes should be picked up with a light hand. I accidentally smushed mine a little too hard and it didn’t quite ‘bounce’ back all the way. I guess if you ran out of stamping ink these would be an effective alternative? Or if you’re bored and want to do some fingerprint analysis these could come in handy. Kidding. But these should be applied by gently feathering your hand over the dome of the blush and not attempted to be scooped out. I would also advise against using a brush if you’re a huge advocate for blush brushes since a stippling brush didn’t pick up as much product as I wanted. Besides, the beauty about these things is their easy application and that they can be dropped into your purse and applied on the go with just two fingers to the apples of your cheeks in a smooth circle motion.
When it comes to staying power I wasn’t really all that impressed since the colour only lasted a few hours before fading. But I have a feeling with bolder pigments (I’m currently eyeing ‘Pink Frosting’, ‘Plum Wine’ and ‘Hot Tamale’) that that won’t be so much of an issue and since the colour I picked up was so close to my skintone already, that may be where the problem lies. But what I did like about them is the fact that they’re a very buildable product. They do go on very sheer and softened so if you only want a light flush, I’d stick with only one layer of product. But, again, because I picked a colour that was already fairly close to my skin tone but only a bit warmer, I had to apply about three layers before I got the kind of tone that I was looking for.
Overall, I think this blush was a great segue for me into cheek products. It was super easy to apply (accidental product smushing notwithstanding) and I like that because it doesn’t have an obvious shimmer to it and because it isn’t super matte like a powder would be that it appears as a more natural-looking flush on your cheek. Which was exactly what I wanted.
Lovelies, have you tried this ‘bouncy’ blush? What are your favourite spring blushes?